Author: Pat Batcheller

Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.

Batcheller joined WDET in 2007 after nine years at WWJ, where he was a news editor, producer and reporter. He started his broadcasting career in 1989 and has lived and worked in Michigan his entire life. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Specs Howard School of Media Arts. He has won multiple awards for excellence from the Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Society of Professional Journalists. He is an amateur musician, playing percussion in the Downriver Community Band.

Danny Fenster Is Freed From Myanmar Jail

Courtesy of The Richardson Center Danny Fenster is free. Bill Richardson, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, says he negotiated the American journalist's release from jail in Myanmar and will bring Fenster home to his family in Metro Detroit "over the next day and a half." Fenster was arrested in May while trying to..

At-Large Candidates Promise More Transparency and Accountability on Detroit City Council

Federal agents recently searched the home and office of Detroit City Councilmember Janee Ayers as part of a corruption investigation that led to bribery charges against fellow council member Andre Spivey. Earlier this year Gabe Leland resigned after pleading guilty to felony misconduct. Ayers is not charged with any crimes and hasn’t said much publicly about the probe related..

The Regional Transit Authority Is Revising Its Long-term Plans for Moving People Around in Metro Detroit

The COVID-19 pandemic battered mass transit in Metro Detroit. Public health orders mandated masks and distance rules for bus drivers and passengers. The resulting drop in ridership forced transit agencies to reduce some services and eliminate others. The Detroit Department of Transportation plans more reductions in November and the Regional Transit Authority is rewriting its master..

Amending the U.S. Constitution Is Easier Said Than Done

As part of 101.9 WDET’s Book Club, we’re inviting the Detroit region to examine and discuss the text that impacts every resident of the United States: The Constitution. Whether you’re revisiting the documents or reading them for the first time, join us in reading along and engaging in civil conversations with your community.  It’s not easy to amend the U.S. Constitution. If it..